“One Florida town has been hit by corruption and it is so bad, the entire police force has been fired. The most corrupt city in the state has been exposed for its unlawful ways during a recent audit. All cops and elected officials in office have been let go or will be soon as this is just one of the stipulations that had to be followed to spare the city of Hampton, as its corruption runs deep.”
“Trouble arose in a quite innocent way according to the newly hired city attorney John Cooper. A Texaco gas station on nearby US 301 asked for cops to protect the place after a couple of bad accidents and homicides took place. Then, Hampton annexed a 1,200-foot stretch of highway. Later on though, someone arrived at the idea that a lot of easy cash was to be made from pulling over speeders and writing up tickets they would have to pay.
When Hampton’s map was redrawn, it resembled a giant mosquito, draining money straight from the highway. The biggest issue at the time was the police department as it was constantly going over its budget and the revenue from the tickets did not seem to make its way to any person working outside of its city hall building.
The amount of officers increased to 19, which included the chief. However, Bradford County Sheriff Gordon Smith confessed that a bunch of the cops were not at all trained in the proper manner. What is worse, the audit discovered that a couple of them had been driving uninsured vehicles. One policeman, who was better known as “Rambo,” kept an assault rifle strapped across his chest just to write up traffic tickets.”
Rambo, huh? You just can’t make this stuff up.
I had someone tell me the other day that the “Majority of cops are decent guys trying to do the right thing” but now I see that viewpoint less and less.
This isn’t really a recent phenomena either if I think about it. This goes back to when I was a kid, having cops threaten to bash my head in or try to arrest a bunch of us for assembling. (We were not a mob as they asserted, but rather a peaceful assembly)
Back then I think the statement may have been true, but today I just don’t see it.